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Home as Character

The scent of your neighbor’s garden, the hustle and bustle of people flowing in and out of the bodega down the block, the laughter of children playing silly games in the street – home is more than just a setting. It’s the people, the places, the history, the memories, and the way they all come together. These short films all depict a home that can be described as a character in and of itself. From the quiet resilience of a city in “Kathmandu Monsoon” to the smoldering generational anger of Hawaiʻi in “Inheritance,” these films depict a home that holds as much weight and depth as the people that inhabit it.

Program curated by Klyde Breitton.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program

Before Leaving

Directed by Kunao Yan

Before leaving China to study abroad, Xiao Jun goes on a family trip to visit his grandparents after two years of separation. While everything seems to have surprisingly changed, Xiao Jun tries to reconnect with life around him and to finish the photography assignment about his family.

Kathmandu Monsoon

Directed by Ngima Gelu Sherpa

A fascinating and hypnotic ethnographic study of the filmmaker’s hometown, punctuated by the evolution of the approaching storm.


Directed by Anna Nguyen, Lilian Cao, Winston Liu

Two girls are woven into the tapestry of Cabramatta and Canley Vale.


Directed by Erin Lau

A struggling nature photographer is forced to confront the pain his family has carried for generations.

White Butterfly

Directed by Catherine T. Nguyen

A mixed-race Vietnamese American returns to Vietnam following her estranged mother’s death where she uncovers the complexities behind her parents’ separation.